RAILWAYS deploy 960 C0VID Care Coaches in 4 states & UT of Delhi

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases, 3 states seek isolation coaches from railways  - india news - Hindustan Times

INDIAN Railways, the country’s biggest transporter, has deployed 960 COVID Care Coaches in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh equipped with PPEs. These were redesigned for the treatment of  Covid-19 patients soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared nationwide lockdown on March 25 to contain the spread of the invisible virus by suspending passenger trains and metro rail services but running freight trains on a war footing carrying a supply of essential commodities. These train coaches have been modified into COVID-19 isolation and care centres with necessary facilities like oxygen cylinders. The toilets have been modified for bathing facilities, windows have mosquito nets and there are hospital-style curtains to separate portions of the train coach into a cabin-style facility. The coaches have eight cabins. Indian Railways will try to keep one patient in a cabin. However, if the need arises, then two confirmed patients can be kept in a single cabin. In these COVID care coaches, Indian Railways will maintain temperature through the roof or side insulation, especially in states and areas where the temperature is exceptionally high. The suspect and confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients will be kept in separate coaches. A nodal officer has been appointed by Indian Railways for every state. The states can request for these coaches through the nodal officer. Indian Railways has identified a total of 215 railway stations with electricity and water facilities. Out of these, 85 stations have hospitals, which can provide paramedic support. The state governments have to ensure medical support at the other 130 stations. Indian Railways will provide infrastructure support as well as food. Some of the IR’s workshops have played a notable role in making  PPEs for the treatment of Covid-19 patients at the instance of  Piyush Goyal, CA turned politician, heading the  Railway Ministry. Railway Ministry said in a statement out of total 960 COVID Care coaches, 503 COVID Care coaches have been deployed in Delhi, 372 in Uttar Pradesh, 60 in Telangana, 20 in Andhra Pradesh and five in Madhya Pradesh on receipt of the requisition.  The Ministry said sustaining the fight against Covid-19, Railways are making an all-out effort to supplement the health care efforts of State Governments. Railways have geared up to provide its five thousand 231 COVID Care Coaches to the States. Zonal Railways have converted these coaches as COVID Care Centres to be used for very mild and mild cases. (edited by PKC)

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